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Introduction to Psychology Course of Study

Introduction to Psychology – Semester Course – ½ credit (social studies elective)

This course is designed to introduce high school students to the science of human behavior and to help them gain a broad view of the study of various mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students will acquire knowledge of basic psychological principles, methods, and phenomena associated with each of the major fields of psychology. Students will also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their practice and research. Nearly every higher level educational institution (community college or four year university) requires students to take an Introduction to Psychology course regardless of major so this class is a great tool to prepare students for college.

Sample Curriculum – (still being developed)

Unit 1: History of Psychology and overview (Week 1-2)

-Major theories and theorists in Psychology

-History of the practice and school of Psychology

-Self Concept and Self Esteem

-Motivation and Emotion

Unit 2: Behavioral Psychology and Research (Weeks 3-6)

-Behavioral theories and theorists (including Jean Piaget and Erik Erikson)

-Developmental Psychology

-Language Acquisition


Unit 3 Social Psychology (Weeks 7-8)

-Social Psychology Theories and Theorists (including Ashe, Milgrim, and Zimbardo)

Unit 4 Psychoanalysis, Abnormal Psychology (Weeks 9-12)

-Theories and Theorists for Psychoanalysis (including Freud, Rogers, and Jung)

-Mental Disorders

Unit 5 Levels of Consciousness, Testing, and Personality (Weeks 13-14)

-Sleep Stages


-IQ tests

-Personality tests

Unit 6 Biological (Weeks 15-16)

-Part of the brain

-Biological functioning of the brain and hormones

-Sensation and Perception


Unit 7 Cognition (Weeks 17-18)

-Learning and Memory



-Body Language


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